BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Every year, people honors the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of giving back as well as fun activities. Now in its 3rd year, the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council encourages the community to participate in a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 15 by hosting three events.

This year the Diversity Council will host three events that include a food drive at the Little Flower Food Pantry (110 Roosevelt Ave., Berkeley Heights) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Conversation and Games with residents at Autumn Lake Healthcare of Berkeley Heights (35 Cottage St., Berkeley Heights) from 2 to 4 p.m. and the MLK Celebration Jam at the Annex in New Providence (1312 Springfield Ave., New Providence) from 5 to 8 p.m. 

The food drive is underway and will run through January 15 with collection boxes at the following locations along with a wish list:  

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Food can also be dropped off at the Little Flower Cafeteria (100 Roosevelt Avenue) the day of the event between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. 

Recommended items: Canned items (soups (no cream soups), stews,  pasta (Chef Boyardee), chili, vegetables, fruit, tuna, beans), plain white rice, tomato sauce, boxed milk, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, bar soap, men's and women's deodorant, laundry detergent, and toilet paper.

The Diversity Council is looking for three "teams" of four to five volunteers (adults and children) who can volunteer on Monday, Jan. 15 in one hour time slots from 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The volunteers will meet at the Little Flower cafeteria (110 Roosevelt Avenue, BH) during their time slot to help sort the food.

Click to sign-up:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0945a4ae28a6fc1-mlkday.

Contact bhdiversity@gmail.com with questions or for more information.